Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions to make for your child. Our biannual directory features educational options in San Diego from preschool through high school in a variety of learning environments—public charter schools, private, homeschools and online learning. Contact each school directly for more information and to schedule tours. Programs with the SN symbol have staff to care for children with special needs.
HOMESCHOOLS & ONLINE LEARNING
Tuition free, public, online charter school. Graduate with a professional certification and begin earning income after high school. See website for more information.
Dimensions Collaborative School SN
Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Dimensions Collaborative School (DCS) is a student-driven program with learning centers operating throughout San Diego County. With the guidance of a California credentialed Educational Facilitator, learners are empowered to pursue deeper and meaningful learning by creating a learning plan and designing a network which integrates specific standards with their unique learning needs and interests.
TK through 12th Grade
Excel Academy offers flexible, personalized learning through a customized course of study that educates, motivates, and instills a love of learning in each student.
San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools
National City, 619-422-5216
TK through 12th Grade
Parents who choose homeschooling enjoy the advantages of spending quality time with their children, participating in the learning process, and guiding their child’s education in a way that fits with their own personal style and beliefs. San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools offers a TK-12 charter homeschool program.
The Learning Choice Academy
TK through 12th Grade
Free personalized learning public charter school. Students can participate in an onsite class option. We offer a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program for grades 6-12. A credentialed teacher will work with your child to develop a personalized learning plan that includes curriculum and enrichment classes. Socialization opportunities are offered through field trips and special events. WASC accredited.
Community Montessori Charter School SN
Multiple locations, 877-300-8299
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
CMCS currently serves approximately 675 students. Students attend one of 5 resource centers located throughout San Diego county, and are on a Montessori home study program. CMCS is committed to respecting the talents and interests of the individual while implementing Montessori teaching principles. Our goal is to foster a strong sense of independence, creativity, respect for others, appreciation of diversity in people, and a deep and joyful love of learning.
Del Mar Hills Nursery School
Del Mar, 858-755-8338
Preschool through Kindergarten
Our program combines the philosophies of Froebel, Orff, Montessori and Reggio Emilia in an environment tailored to each child’s interests and ideas. Each day is balanced with developmentally appropriate curriculum and multi-age exploration in our art studio, Froebel room and outdoor classroom. Daily Orff sessions introduce music and movement to students. Offering excellent programs since 1970.
Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences Charter School
Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Independent K-6 Charter School with a health, science and technology focus. Visit website for more info.
Infants through 6th Grade
Children thrive in our Montessori communities, housed in a charming collection of home-like buildings surrounded by gardens and playing fields. Our AMI-trained teachers and 12:1 student-teacher ratio allow us to tailor instruction to each unique child, to help him joyfully master advanced academics and strong social and personal skills.
Little Language Ambassadors
San Marcos, 760-510-9639
18 months to 5 years, TK & Afterschool Program (5-12 years)
Little Language Ambassadors offers a 100 percent Spanish immersion preschool and afterschool program. Our goal is to help your child become a confident, accomplished Spanish speaker who is well-prepared to enter Kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers are experienced, native Spanish speakers who provide a nurturing environment where learning is fun.
Montessori American School
Multiple locations, 619-633-2930
Ages 2 to 6 years
Montessori American is now enrolling for Fall 2019. We are committed to the emotional, social and academic growth of preschool children ages 2-6 years. We offer an inspirational learning environment, experienced faculty and bilingual academics. Contact us to schedule a tour!
SAN DIEGO METRO
America’s Finest Charter School
City Heights (TK-8th), 619-694-4809 SN
City Heights (High School), 619-909-2826
TK through 12th Grade
America’s Finest Charter School strives to help each student achieve their American Dream. We have small classes, experienced teachers and caring staff. Our after school program is free. Students can participate in instrumental music, art, karate, soccer, drama, etc. Our high school prepares students for college and offers an engineering and an international studies curriculum. Please visit our Facebook page and see what a vibrant community we have!
La Jolla, 858-452-3030
9 months to 6 years
We offer an integrated secular and Judaic curriculum based on the Montessori philosophy. Children are guided by certified professionals. Our self-directed learning fosters independence, responsibility, respect and a love of learning. Bilingual program with fluency in English and Spanish.
La Jolla & Balboa Park, 619-366-3098
Full immersion Spanish and Mandarin classes held in a fun, safe environment where kids enjoy learning language! Culture, literature, music, field trips and games are used to instruct. Tutoring available all year.
Canyon Rim Children’s Center
Allied Gardens, 619-287-6767 SN
Ages 2 to 6 years
Our professional staff creates a safe and caring environment with an emphasis on learning through play. We provide a full day, year-round enrichment program. Our learning philosophy is based on developmentally appropriate practices and is inspired by the early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
City Tree Christian School
Preschool through 8th Grade
City Tree Christian School educates the whole child: mind, body and spirit. Our curriculum and instruction motivate academic excellence, while providing a framework through which students embrace the arts, creative expression, digital literacy and physical fitness. Our diverse downtown learning environment fosters strong civic and leadership values and provides children with a rich cultural experience both inside and outside the classroom.
Sorrento Valley, 858-264-6014
18 months-12 years
Kinderhouse Montessori is now enrolling for Fall 2019. We are dedicated to cultivating intellectual, social and emotional growth for children 18 months -12 years. Our school is AMI certified, ensuring a proper Montessori education for all students. Contact us to schedule a tour!
Mission Bay Montessori Academy
University City, 858-457-5895
Age 2 through 6th Grade
We pride ourselves on blending a traditional Montessori approach with a rigorous academic environment. From two years old through sixth grade, we match the child’s interest and ability to learning materials. We educate the whole child, expanding their education to include specialty classes like science, music, computer, art, Spanish, Chinese, and PE.
Renaissance Village Academy
Scripps Ranch, 858-564-9622
TK through 8th Grade
We meet the needs of gifted, highly motivated students in a caring environment. Our teaching format maintains high academic standards and adapts to the interests of our students. The student’s needs, not age, determine placement in each subject. Our schedule is designed for the working parent; children complete work with experienced teachers.
San Diego Continuing Education
Multiple Locations, 619-388-1950
Free career training certificate programs in Family Home Day Care. Free short-term classes including online options.
School for Entrepreneurship & Technology
Serra Mesa, 858-874-4438
Urban Discovery Academy/ Ideate High Academy
TK & Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Urban Discovery Academy (UDA) and its high school, Ideate High Academy, serve students in grades K-12 in downtown San Diego. UDA schools are innovative charter schools that utilize project-based learning and design-thinking to teach students to solve real, interdisciplinary challenges. Visit our website for enrollment information.
TUTORING/ TEST PREP/ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
Brain Balance Achievement Centers SN
Carmel Mountain, 858-324-5545
Brain Balance helps children who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically through a holistic and integrated approach that is customized to meet the needs of each child.
Published July 2019